en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:47 -0400 15 U.S. planes airdrop arms to besieged Syrian town The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:22:00 -0400 Fewer veterans running for congressional office The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns Counting down federal agencies with the highest average donations per employee in 2013. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 Health, medical research most popular charity choices in 2013 CFC 11 charities received more than $1 million in donations in 2013. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0400 Civil affairs Marines to get Android phones, new data collection app A new smartphone app for civil affairs Marines may make the next humanitarian aid mission a little bit smoother. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0400 B-52s headed to Europe for second time this year U.S. Strategic Command will sendB-52 Stratofortress bombers to participate in Exercise Noble Justification this month in support of NATO allies and partners. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:19:00 -0400 Slain guardsman and teacher posthumously awarded 2 medals A Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting a year ago was honored on Sunday. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:08:00 -0400 Paper: Files allege misconduct within Alaska Guard Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:07:00 -0400 Financial help possible for families of troops deployed on Ebola mission Families of troops deployed to West Africa on the Ebola mission are eligible for emergency financial assistance from the nonprofit Operation Homefront on the same basis as those of troops deployed to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, officials an Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:41:00 -0400 Military deals at ski getaways & what's new at some resorts near you It's coming. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400 Two deaths reported at Kadena over the weekend Two members assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, died Saturday in separate incidents. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:12:00 -0400 Sweden's submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm U.S. ties Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no ' Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:28:00 -0400 U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:29:00 -0400 After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:17:00 -0400 Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:16:00 -0400 Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:11:00 -0400 Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:07:00 -0400 Website matches Marines' skills with certifications The Marine Corps has rolled out a comprehensive new website to help Marines capitalize on their military training by earning equivalent civilian certifications that can lead to jobs in the civilian workforce. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:48:00 -0400 Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:24:00 -0400 NATO seeks more U.S. ships NATO's sea boss wants to see more of the U.S. Navy in Europe. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Navy Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Air Force Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:05:00 -0400 These federal contractors are hiring vets now Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce - and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:53:00 -0400 One month in, mixed reviews on Iraq, Syria airstrikes On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:23:00 -0400 Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Marine's murder charge in the Philippines has international consequences The death of a Filipino transgender woman following a bilateral military training exercise made international waves after a U.S. Marine was charged with murder. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:34:00 -0400 CDC to revise Ebola protocol; military readies medical team Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear 'with no skin showing,' a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:19:00 -0400 Spain gives U.S. go-ahead to use bases against Ebola Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Ranger rescue: Instructor saves 2 at Florida beach Typical recovery from neck surgery: Plenty of rest. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:26:00 -0400 PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear While on patrol during one of his four war-zone tours, Staff Sgt. José Salcedo experienced firsthand one of the problems that can come with using alkaline batteries instead of lithium ones in sophisticated military gear. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:25:00 -0400 Overseas federal contractor jobs common in industry After Scott Lang's tours in Iraq and Kuwait, you might think the last thing he would want to do is go back to the Middle East. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:21:00 -0400 On newsstands this week In this week's issue of Army Times, the new re-up rules and what they might mean for you. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:02:00 -0400 Future USS Detroit christened in Wisconsin The Navy has christened a warship named after Michigan's largest city. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:01:00 -0400 Turkey would oppose U.S. arms transfers to Kurds Turkey would not agree to any U.S. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:11:00 -0400 Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside - Ebola. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:05:00 -0400 Pearson's TD toss helps Air Force beat Lobos, 35-31 Fullbacks Shayne Davern and D.J. Johnson lent a hand to Air Force's passing game with the pounding of their feet. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:45:00 -0400 Kent State keeps Army winless on road, 39-17 Army coach Jeff Monken minced no words during a 35-minute postgame address to his team. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:36:00 -0400 South Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:17:00 -0400 Air Force strike chief urges B-52 engine replacement The head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:52:00 -0400 Flattop flip-flop: Repair problems force schedule change-up The flip-flop of two carrier deployments has revealed the Achilles' heel of the latest deployment plan - designed to make ship schedules more predictable - before it was even able to get started. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:51:00 -0400 Swedish military investigates 'foreign underwater activity' Sweden's military continues to investigate reports of 'foreign underwater activity' in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:19:00 -0400 Bold Alligator is back The blue-green team will flex its amphibious muscles once again in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014, planned for late October-early November. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:43:00 -0400 SMA: Boots may not meet military specs Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler is concerned soldiers are buying boots that don't meet military specs, and the service will soon respond with a list of approved and unapproved footwear to better equip soldiers. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:41:00 -0400 In war with drug traffickers, Coast Guard stretched thin While the world focuses on conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the Coast Guard and its U.S. Southern Command partners are looking west. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:36:00 -0400 Air Force's MC-12 mission ends in Afghanistan The Air Force's mission with the MC-12 Liberty in Afghanistan is over. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:29:00 -0400 Marines to return to California following six months Down Under After seven months away, the third group of Marines and sailors to go to Australia is headed back to California. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:17:00 -0400 Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist gro Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:01:00 -0400 As logistics mission closes in Afghanistan, Pacific heats up The new reality of the Army - sending scalable units all over the world with wide-ranging missions - cannot be done without the necessary equipment. Coordinating these efforts is Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400 Report faults Pentagon efforts to find MIAs The Pentagon's effort to find missing servicemembers from past wars is wracked with inefficiencies, lacks a clear mission and fails to differentiate remains that can be recovered from those lost forever, an inspector general's report charged Friday. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:54:00 -0400 Defense Department: Target missile successfully tracked during test off Hawaii The military says it successfully detected and tracked a medium-range missile target during a test off Hawaii. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:48:00 -0400 Memorials held for Robins airmen killed in typhoon Ceremonies are being held to remember three Robins Air Force Base airmen killed by a typhoon in Japan earlier this month. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:07:00 -0400 DoD seeks to clarify policies on nonprofit groups The Defense Department is taking a new look at the barriers that complicate efforts by nonprofit groups to help service members and their families at some installations. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:04:00 -0400 JBLM soldier held in wife's death A 20-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been ordered held without bail for three days while police continue to investigate the shooting death of his 19-year-old wife at their Lakewood, Washington, apartment. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:34:00 -0400 Troops and vets get star treatment at premiere of 'Fury' Ray Stewart may be 91, but he still keenly remembers his combat experiences as a tank gunner with 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored 'Hell on Wheels' Division in 1944. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Brad Pitt's 'Fury' movie goes for carnage over plot Writer-director David Ayer makes no bones about his overarching goal with his new World War II action film, 'Fury': to nail the realism of armored combat in that conflict. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Former special operations troops take up battle against online child predators Military members who can no longer fight the wars overseas are battling a new enemy at home: the murky online spaces where sexual predators prey on children. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:55:00 -0400 Philippines subpoenas Marine murder suspect The Philippine government served a subpoena Friday for a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino in an emotional case expected to test the country's military ties with the United States. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:28:00 -0400 Fleet to shift three destroyers to Japan The next three years will see three destroyers - two from San Diego and one from Norfolk, Virginia - shift home ports to Japan as part of the fleet's Asia pivot. The changes announced by Fleet Forces Command Thursday: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:57:00 -0400